Safeguarding is one of the most important roles that schools and 16-19 institutions play in children and young people's lives. Staff know their children and young people well and are best placed to be alert to and act on signs and symptoms and to recognise changes that may indicate a safeguarding concern. Education can be a great resilience factor for children and young people, and school or college can be the only place that they feel safe.
In Newham, the Local Authority and the Local Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) working with partners, aims to keep children and young people safe from harm, to ensure that they feel secure, well cared-for, and enable them to reach their full potential.
The DfE Statutory Guidance reflects that "Schools and colleges and their staff are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child." Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE) 2018
We will be developing this webpage over the coming months as a source of information and resources that schools and colleges can use to develop and enhance their safeguarding practices